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FREE creative school holiday fun at Melbourne Art Galleries
The NGV Australia and NGV International will be running a FREE 10-day festival this summer, to entertain children of all ages.

The Express Yourself! NGV Summer Children's Festival 2015 will run from 17 26 January, focusing on creative expression through fashion and design.

NGV Summer Children's Festival
NGV Summer Children's Festival

Last year, the NGV Children's Festival attracted more than 10,000 visitors, and so it returns in 2015 with an exciting creative program set to pull in the crowds over the summer school holidays.

Children will take part in a range of artist-led activities and workshops inspired by current exhibitions at the NGV; Express Yourself! Romance Was Born For Kids, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. and Emily Floyd: The Dawn.

Highlights this year include:

A large-scale Paper Billabong project

Celebrated fashion designer Linda Jackson leads children on a creative journey to discovery opal and celebrate the NGV's stained glass window, alongside a decorative project for kids to add their artistic touch to a large-scale paper billabong in the NGV's International Grand Hall.

Children can also add to a spectacular bush canopy in the Great Hall by creating a paper possum with paper engineer Benja Harvey.

An after hours Art Party for Teens.

The first ever after-hours Art Party at NGV International for teens invites young creatives to express their artistic flair on Thursday 22 January. The NGV collaborates with young designers SIGNAL (themselves aged 13 - 25) to invite teens aged 13 17 to enjoy a Silent Disco, a jewellery design workshop with Kate Rohde, and after-hours access to the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Creative Workshops

At NGV Australia, at various days throughout the 10-day festival, children will be able to try their hands at a variety of art techniques.

Children can print a unique design onto fabric with Space Craft Studio, creative their own zine and handmade art books with Sticky Institute, or have a go at stamping, stencil making, as well as collagraphy and rubbings with Negative Press.

Kate Rohde will present a jewellery-making activity putting her own twist on the popular pasta necklace, inviting children to decorate with florescents and colour, and Melbourne textile artist Cat Rabbit will help children create a wearable creature brooch.

Children will also get the opportunity to mix audio and visual scenes on interactive iPad apps at Scream Kids, an installation by the Australian/European based new media collective Chicks on Speed.

Australia Day Fun

On Australia Day, Emily Floyd in collaboration with Mary Featherston will present a large-scale installation Word Farm at NGV Australia, using letter blocks to compose and build words.

Another special workshop will take place on Australia Day, run in conjunction with bloggers tiny & little and Meetoo to present a teddy bear dress-up day. Taking inspiration from Jean Paul Gaultier, who as a child used to dress his teddy bears in some of his designs, children can attend the NGV International with their favourite soft toy and style it with a paper mohawk or garland. Upon arrival, each visitor will receive a temporary tattoo, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Live Australian native animals will make a rare appearance in Melbourne on Australia Day, in the NGV International Grand Hall, where children can draw outfits for their favourite Aussie animal.

Sophia Brous will give free performance, singing lullabies, and the two fashion designers behind Romance Was Born have selected two of their favourite kids movies that will be screened from 12:30pm - 2:10pm; Labyrinth, followed by The NeverEnding Story at 2:30 - 4:10pm.

If you are visiting any of the amazing projects presented by the NGV at this years Express Yourself! NGV Summer Children's Festival, don't forget the NGV International and NGV Australia are two separate venues. The NGV International is located at 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, whereas the NGV Australia - Ian Potter Centre, is positioned at The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne.

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Why? FREE creative fun in the school holidays
When: From 17 - 26 January 2015
Where: NGV International - 180 St Kilda Road and NGV Australia - Federation Square
Cost: FREE
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